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Goodbye 1981

Goodbye 1981
News report; Interview; Documentary; Press conference; Speech; Discussion; Special
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31 Dec 1981
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Goodbye 1981. An LBC/IRN review of the year. Includes all the main news stories and events of the year, including the arrest of the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe; wedding of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer; hunger strikes in Belfast’s Maze Prison; IRA terrorist attacks; assassination of Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat; attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan; release of the US hostages in Iran; attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II; firing of blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II by Marcus Sargeant; New Cross fire; Brixton and Toxteth riots; sporting events including the cricketing Ashes series; London Marathon; CND demonstrations; resignations of newsreaders Anna Ford and Angela Rippon; military law in Poland; the defection of Polish Ambassador, Romuald Spasowski to the USA; the music of 1981; the knighthood for entertainer and former Goon, Harry Secombe; kidnapping of Great Train Robber, Ronald (Ronnie) Biggs. Also covered are the deaths of singer and musician Bill Haley; Liverpool football manager Bill Shankly; boxer Joe Louis; radio broadcaster Alvar Lidell; actor Jack Warner; singer Bob Marley. Also, the announcement of a royal birth. Speakers include: Ronald Reagan; DUP leader Ian Paisley; SDP co-founder Shirley Williams; UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Labour Party leader Michael Foot; Tony Benn MP; Dame Barbara Cartland; Lady Diana Spencer; Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; TUC leader Len Murray; comedian John Wells; cricketer Ian Botham; athlete Sebastian Coe; UK envoy in Egypt, Colonel Peter Rosser; Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie; US Vice-President George H.W. Bush; Maureen Reagan, daughter of Ronald Reagan; Lord Leslie Scarman; tennis player John McEnroe; Romuald Spasowski; Harry Secombe; Ronnie Biggs. Reporters include: Douglas Cameron, Eamonn Mallie, Bob Holness, Peter Deeley, Tommy Boyd, Dickie Arbiter. Male presenter not identified.
Len Murray; Bob Holness; Shirley Williams; John Wells; Michael Foot; Robert Runcie; Prince Charles; Leslie Scarman; Tommy Boyd; Ronald Reagan; Romuald Spasowski; Douglas Cameron; Peter Deeley; Bill Shankly; Harry Secombe; Prince of Wales; Neville Chamberlain; Alvar Lidell; Princess of Wales; Princess Diana; Sebastian Coe; Ian Botham; George H. W. Bush; Barbara Cartland; Eamonn Mallie; John McEnroe; Diana Spencer; Maureen Reagan; Ronald Biggs; Peter Rosser; Bill Haley; Jack Warner
USA; Iran; Popes; Deaths; Pope John Paul II; Egypt; Actors; London; Musicians; Sport; Music; Northern Ireland; Fires; Terrorism; Interethnic relations; UK; Political protests; Exiles; Embassies and consulates; Liverpool; Prisons; Terrorists; Unemployment; IRA; Employment; Homicide; Queen Elizabeth II; Murderers; Knighthoods; Yorkshire Ripper; Peter Sutcliffe; Riots; Nuclear weapons; Famous people; Hostages; Royal family; Presidents; Broadcasters; Embassy buildings; Diplomats; Royalty; Prince Charles; Maze Prison; Poland; Royal weddings; CND; Brixton; Toxteth; Anwar Sadat; Hunger; Ronald Reagan; Anti-nuclear movements; Prisoners; Political leaders; Resignation (employee); Belfast; Boxers; Military law; Space shuttles; Abduction; Births; Marathons; Princess Diana; Princess of Wales; TV/radio presenters; Arrests; Prince of Wales; Bob Marley; Harry Secombe; Angela Rippon; Ronald Biggs; New Cross Fire (1981); Anna Ford; Bill Shankly; Joe Louis; Alvar Lidell

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